2012-13 Fellows


Kiyo Iwasaki

Kiyo Iwasaki has worked as a freelance announcer and financial market reporter since April 2002. Previously, she worked with the Tokyo branch of BNP Paribas Securities and the Industrial Chemical Department of the Tomen Corporation.


Kentaro Katayama

Kentaro Katayama is a staff economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. He is currently responsible for country surveillance in the Middle Eastern oil-producing nations. Prior to joining the IMF, Mr. Katayama served as a professional policy maker in the Japanese Ministry of Finance for ten years. Mr. Katayama received a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Tokyo University and is completing his dissertation on political economy of fiscal policy at the University of Warwick. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Policy Research Institute of Ministry of Finance Japan.


Shinji Matsuno

Shinji Matsuno has worked for The Bank of Kyoto for nearly ten years. He is in charge of stocks and is also experienced in the areas of retail and corporate finance sales. He currently resides in Shanghai, where he provides support to customers in China.


Toru Sano

Toru Sano works for Nippon TV, the oldest and most highly rated TV network in Japan. His current work is management strategy and corporate planning, especially digital strategy. He negotiates with government, manufacturers, telecom companies, and internet giants such as Google and Facebook in order to create the next generation's digital media. Over twenty years ago, he was the quarterback of the football team at Kyoto University, which won the Japanese national championship. He shares his passion for the sport through coaching.


Takahiro Sato

Takahiro Sato has been a general manager of Kyocera Document Solutions France since 2007. When he came on board, the company was experiencing financial loss. He successfully turned the company around through the use of Kyocera philosophy and Kyocera accounting created by Dr. Inamori, Chairman Emeritus, Kyocera Corporation. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Meiji University in Japan, and he holds a Master’s Degree from Moscow State University of International Relations in Russia. He also earned an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.



Brandon Aten
United States of America

Lt. Brandon Aten graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Upon commissioning, he transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii to the Coast Guard Cutter RUSH and served as an engineer and deck watch officer. From there, he transferred to Marine Safety Unit in Port Arthur, Texas, where he served as the Incident Management Division Chief and oversaw the investigation, response, and remediation of oil spills and hazardous material releases. Lt. Aten has extensive operational experience and has supervised over 20 federal oil spill and hazardous material cases worth $14.2 million, to include the recent Hurricane Isaac response. In his spare time, Lt. Aten represents foster children as their guardian ad litem during court proceedings.


Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi

Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi is a resident Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. He is serving as a Sergeant First Class (Reserve) in the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and as a security affairs analyst/commentator affiliated with the FM BIRD Entertainment Agency Scholar Project in Japan. Ryo earned a Masters in Strategic and Defense Studies at the Australian National University, where he also received a B.A. in Security Analysis. Ryo pursues his research interests in defense planning, and military/security balance in the Asia-Pacific. He is a native speaker of Japanese and English, is fluent in Korean, and has some knowledge of Chinese and Malay.


Prashant Karuthasen
South Africa

Prashant Karuthasen is a Manager with KPMG’s Advisory practice in South Africa. He provides strategic and operational advice to some of South Africa’s largest private and public sector clients in the transport, healthcare, agricultural, mining and petroleum industries. His passion lies within healthcare and infrastructure development on the African continent, and he is currently part of KPMG’s Global Healthcare Advisory Team. One of his marquee clients is the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund; he assisted them in developing a funding model for the construction of a state-of-the-art pediatrics hospital in South Africa.


Kathleen Norman
United States of America

Kathleen Norman is the Inamori Ethics Prize Manager and Managing Editor of the International Journal of Ethical Leadership for the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. Her career started in the high school classroom, and has evolved through her work in university student affairs, mission and identity work, alumni relations, and enrollment management. Her responsibilities at the Inamori Center include supporting the overall mission of the Center to promote ethical leadership, working to raise the international profile of the Inamori Ethics Prize and the Inamori Center, and increasing the positive impact of all of the efforts of the Center.


Jason Sleger
United States of America

Jason Sleger entered the Air Force in 2001 as a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a BA in History and a MS in International Relations from Troy State University in 2005. He has served within both the Communications and Security Forces career fields, holding a variety of leadership positions. Jason Sleger has led law enforcement, nuclear security, presidential security and base defense operations in peacetime and contingency environments. He is stationed at his 5th duty assignment and is currently the Commander, 811th Security Forces Squadron located on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He is married to Erika Sleger, an attorney with the United States Air Force and is blessed with two young children with a third due in November 2012.